Transfer your business licence to someone else

If you want to take over an existing business, you must complete and submit a Business Licence Application for Transfer form. The fee is $129.00.

Home-based business licences are not transferable.

To transfer a business licence, all of the following criteria must be met:

  • The new business taking over must be for the same type of business that the previous business was licensed as (for example, a Restaurant to a Restaurant)
  • Transfer of a licence can only occur once per calendar year
  • The transfer form must be completed by both the existing and the new business owners
  • Various approvals may still be required by the Police, Fire, or Health Departments

How long does it take?

If all requirements and approvals have been met, this is when you can expect to have your business licence transferred:

Application delivered  Business licence transferred
 In person Same day
 By fax, mail, or email (March to October) 2 to 3 weeks    
 By fax, mail, or email (November to February) 6 to 8 weeks

Payment methods

If you apply for your licence in person, you can pay for your business licence by

  • Cash
  • Cheque or money order (made payable to the City of Vancouver)
  • Debit card
  • Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)

If you do not apply in person, we will send you an invoice for the licence fee. Your business licence will be processed after we receive payment for the licence fees.

Apply to transfer a business licence to someone else

Business Licence Application for Transfer form (72.63 KB)
Fill out this form to transfer your business licence to someone else.

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Contact the Development and Building Services Centre about business licences

515 W 10th Avenue, at Cambie
Ground floor

Free 2-hour parking
West 10th Ave parking lot,
between Cambie and Yukon

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8:30am to 4:30pm

Tuesday, Thursday
8:30am to 4:00pm

Fax: 604-871-6394

Last modified: Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:19:39

Business Licence Application for Transfer form